It is reported that the General Political Bureau of the North Korean People’s Army has announced that it will hold the ‘All Army (Idol) Artwork Contest’ for the first time next year to celebrate the birthday (1/8) of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (Chairman Kim Jong-un).
This came while Chairman Kim had never visited a military base or observed a training session from January to December of this year, and it is interpreted as a move to highlight the spirit of self-defense in the military on the occasion of the so-called ‘Suryong’s birthday’.
Daily NK, an internal military source in North Korea, said on the 30th, “On the 27th, on the birthday of comrade Kim Jong-un, dear Supreme Commander, the ‘article application contest’ will be held as the first political event of the new year (2022). has been handed over to the entire army,” he said.
The Politburo gave the meaning to the organization of the contest, saying, “Now is the time for the entire army to become one with the Party Central Committee to overcome difficulties and ignite the flames of training fiercely based on the ideas and decisions of the plenary meeting to be presented.” did.
It was also referred to as “a political event of loyalty that embodies the heart of the people’s army warriors who will always follow the supreme commander unchangingly while engraving the slogan of loyalty to defend with their lives the Party Central Committee headed by the dear Comrade Kim Jong-un”.
A source said, “This contest is the first contest to be held in the People’s Army on the occasion of the birthday of the Supreme Commander’s comrade. ” he explained.
Such a move seems to be an extension of the strengthening of the idolization of Chairman Kim, who is creating an atmosphere throughout society by introducing new works of art and books.
In fact, in this directive, the General Political Bureau stated that “(in this work), show the greatest militant tribute to the soldiers of the People’s Army for the birthday of the Supreme Commander Comrade.” In addition, the themes of the Great Person Award of Mt. Baekdu, completion of battle preparations, unity among officers and citizens, unity between the military and citizens, and unity of upper and lower ranks were selected as themes.
In addition, the intention to inspire absolute loyalty to the Supreme Commander is read by linking Chairman Kim’s 10-year history of military construction with the decision of the 4th Plenary Session of the 8th Central Committee of the Party that is currently in progress.
In this regard, the Political Bureau of the General Political Bureau is said to have also put forward a carrot policy saying, ‘The elected candidate will receive a commendation from the People’s Army’ and ‘will be able to nurture the buds of talent regardless of position’. This is a strategy to induce idolatry loyalty competition centering on them in the future.
A source observed, “It seems likely that the so-called fire wire propaganda and agitation may be conducted by sending newly discovered talents to each military training site to inspire loyalty.”
Meanwhile, as for the future schedule, the source said that the process would go through ‘applying works by the 31st → deliberation and evaluation of the Propaganda Department of the General Political Bureau by January 4 next year → exhibition and viewing at the Ministry of National Defense on the 8th’.
The source said, “The preparation period was too short due to the sudden order, so each unit chose to tinker with an existing work rather than a new one.”
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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